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As designers today, we are extra gifted with the ability to make passive income from digital products. While ‘passive’ can be a bit misleading (because there is continual work to maintain and build on your product offering), to a large extent, it allows designers to experiment + create more without the continual pressure of seeking new freelance work. So what do I mean by passive income? Creating digital products (like templates, fonts, textures, etc.) once and selling them over and over again without additional work. Create it once, sell it forever. And with digital products, there are many options with where and how to sell that makes the entire process automated once the product is made.

In this week’s video, I’ll walk through those selling options and the how making passive income off of my fonts has changed my creative future.

Welcome to the 3rd and final part of the Every-Tuesday Tips + Advice Portfolio Series! Over the last couple of weeks, we went over choosing the right work for your portfolio, what to include for each project and how to order all of your projects together. Now that you have a solid body of work to show, it can be overwhelming figuring out how to get it all noticed.

In this week’s video, I take you through a few easy steps to get you on your way, as well as sharing how I got my own work noticed when I was just starting out. For a more in depth look and actionable step-by-steps, check out Full Time Graphic Design where my ebook on getting a job just launched! Part 3 video below!

Things have changed quite a bit in the last 5 years. Back then, it was perfectly acceptable to attach a pdf (which you had a zillion different variations of) to an email, but that just isn’t the case anymore. Pdf portfolios are a dated way of portfolio delivery on top of taking up valuable space in a potential employer’s inbox. Enter the digital portfolio age where having an online digital portfolio presence is essential for a graphic designer. Luckily, you don’t have to be a programmer or a super nerd to get your work online and looking fine ūüėČ

This week, I’m rounding up options to get your portfolio up as quickly as possible, looking as professional as possible, and collecting some nice SEO in the process.¬†All of the options – free and for a fee – available below!

Welcome to week 2 of the Every-Tuesday graphic design portfolio tips + advice series! Last week, we went over how to select the right projects to include¬†in your portfolio based on your personal skillset strengths. This week, we’ll go over¬†proper formatting for your projects, how many projects to include in your portfolio and what order to put them¬†in to leave a memorable impression on an interviewer. These tips will contribute to graphic design portfolio best practices that you’ll be able to apply to your portfolio – no matter how much it changes – over the course of your career.

The Full Time Graphic Design ebook is less than a week away from being available! You’ll want to pick up your free portfolio project checklist to accompany this week’s video here and you’ll automatically be put on a list to be notified¬†when the ebook (packed with tips + advice for getting a full time graphic design job) goes live ūüôā

If you had a chance to check out my graphic design story, you heard me mention that I wasn’t asked for my resume in past interviews. I want to clear something up though; that doesn’t mean I didn’t have one ready in case I was asked.

As a creative, a resume takes a big back seat¬†to your actual portfolio, but every interviewer is different, and you want to make sure you’re always prepared, just in case. Because a resume¬†falls so secondary during an interview, I would recommend spending as much time on your portfolio as possible and keeping your resume simple, clean, readable and to the point. This week, I’m rounding up 5 of my favorite *affordable* clean and creative resume templates that provide a terrific base for you to adjust and customize without starting from scratch (time much better spent on your portfolio). See them all below!

Last week, I mentioned a new portfolio tips + advice series starting today and leading up to an ebook being released later this month called Full Time Graphic Design. In this week’s video, we’ll walk through how to pick out the right design projects to put in your portfolio and craft it¬†in a way that highlights your strengths as a designer and sets you up for an interview with intention, rather than a general collection of work that spans every discipline of graphic design. Choosing the right work for your portfolio will play a pivotal role in not only reaching out to potential employers to land an interview, but for the interview itself. Watch below to see all of my tips!

In Tuesday’s video, I shared my graphic design story and today I wanted to share what my current design workspace looks like, as well as¬†some of my favorite desk items that I use every week, if not every day. I’ve definitely gone through my fair share of printers, tablets and computers, so listed below, you’ll find names and links to all of my top picks and why I chose and use what I do ūüôā I hope this helps anyone who may be on the fence with anything desk-related (I did a¬†lot of thorough¬†research before I started adding to cart, so I know how helpful a user review can be). I’m an open book, so if you have any questions about anything listed, feel free to ask!

If you’re an every-tuesday email subscriber, you’re already aware my ebook on tips and advice for obtaining a full time graphic design job will become officially available later this month. In preparation of¬†its launch, I wanted to dedicate this month’s Tuesdays to sharing portfolio¬†tips I’ve learned from my own experiences in a free portfolio tips video series. The first video will be next Tuesday’s post, but this week, I wanted to start things off by sharing my own graphic design story.

I’ve had a few comments and emails asking how I got started, how I knew graphic design was the right major for me, and¬†what I would tell people who might be on the fence about a career in graphic design (and if jobs are available for graphic designers) today. I sat down in front of my computer in a very non-typical/non-screen-only recording this week to answer all of those, so it could be like we were sitting down together, just having a conversation as friends. So here it is, from beginning to now, along with¬†some¬†tips I picked up on¬†the way¬†ūüôā

Happy Tuesday! This week’s tutorial comes courtesy of Jodie who asked a great DIY question I think will help a lot of people. Personal business card printing can get pricey pretty quickly¬†if you’re looking for anything better than a paper thin glossy card (ick). I’ve DIY’d every personal business card I’ve ever made. Yup. And you know what? Even fancy shmancy design studios loved em. So say you’ve designed up a killer card design in Illustrator and don’t want to be wasteful with your paper. Say you also have a back of the card designed that you need to match up to the front when you print on your home printer. What’s the best way to make the most of your paper and¬†have things work out perfectly front to back? In this week’s tutorial, I share how to bulk print DIY business cards using Illustrator to print 8 cards, front and back using one sheet of 8.5″x11″ paper. You can also use the same method in InDesign if you’d prefer using that instead. Let’s go!

Happy Tuesday, friends! Last week Shirla emailed me and requested a video describing a typical day in my life as a graphic designer. I loved the idea, so I decided to document my day last Friday in photos from the morning commute to coming home to my home office/studio set up. So! In this week’s video, I’m here to talk about it all! I walk you through my work’s studio, where I sit, the equipment I use on my desk at work, how I spend my day at work, then a mini home office tour where Spencer and I work on our own things on week nights and weekends. I hope this little glimpse will benefit anyone interested in graphic design, just starting out – or maybe give other graphic designers something to compare their own experiences to. I know it’s something I always wondered about ūüôā Read on for links to all the equipment I use and the video walk through!

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